Auger’s winner gives midgets OT win

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

Braydan Auger’s overtime goal at 1:40 sent the hometown fans happy as the High Prairie Legionnaires defeated Peace River 4-3.

However, it was Ashton Laderoute’s 50-save effort which kept the team in the game until Auger’s heroics in overtime. He stopped 50 of 53 Peace River shots while High Prairie mustered only 40.

“It was a goaltending battle today with A.J. coming out on top … by far one of his best games of the season,” says coach Trent Meyaard.

He also had high praise for a second player.

“Harlan Noskey was relentless on the forecheck tonight creating numerous turnovers and scoring chances for us. He was by far our best player tonight.”

Peace River led 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 only to see High Prairie tie the game three times and win it in overtime.

Adrian Van Volkinburgh opened the scoring on the power play for Peace River, only to see Kaden Desjarlais tie the game. Van Volkinburgh restored Peace River’s lead by scoring his second power play goal of the period but once again High Prairie tied the game on Desjarlais’ second of the game.

In the second period, Tanner Rudneski gave Peace River a 3-2 lead at 6:14. Later, Noskey was rewarded for his hard work all night when he tied the game with 7:09 remaining.

The third period was scoreless.

Jonah Hill assisted on Auger’s game-winner.

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